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The High Cost of Higher Education
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 02, 2015
“While you would expect the average Harvard graduate to make a higher salary compared with a college graduate at an "average" institution, this comparison doesn't take into account the cost of their education and other factors. According to Harvard's website, its tuition, room, board and fees for this upcoming academic year total more than $60,000 for those without financial aid. Recently, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program released a study ranking schools on midcareer earnings, occupational earnings power and the loan repayment rate of the typical graduate.”
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Perhaps nation's best defense leads swagger-filled No. 2 Miami Central
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“Keir Thomas's highlights vs. Armwood High School 428 views1:17 Video: Keir Thomas highlights vs. Armwood Footage of standout Miami Central lineman and Florida State commit. As an undersized cornerback out of Northwestern (Miami), Roland Smith had to carry more than his 5-foot-9 and 170-pound frame onto the field for the University of Miami in 1987. "If you're were going to play at Miami back then, you had to play with some swagger," Smith said. Photo by Stuart Browning Roland Smith, Miami CentralSmith, who played for both Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson and won two national titles, said the same is true for perhaps the nation's best high school defense heading into the 2015 season. See the full preview for No. 2 Miami Central Although his Central (Miami) squad certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of stature or talent, the Rockets — with as many as nine college players on defense — still play with a chip and a confidence that Smith likes and relates to. "These guys pursue to the ball, they're cat-quick, aggressive and are always looking to create turnovers," Smith said. "If you don't play with a certain swagger, you're not playing football at Central." Smith, 46, is just happy to be coaching high school football again after he and his entire staff, in a highly controversial decision, were let go from Northwestern in 2007 over an off-field incident involving a star running back. Smith and his staff were later absolved from any wrongdoing, but had to watch that 2007 team led by prep All-Americans Marcus Forston and Jacory Harris — and a handful of other Miami recruits — win a mythical nation championship. Many of the players dedicated a season-opening win over Southlake Carroll (Texas) — and later their entire season — to Smith and his staff. Several of Smith's assistants found other coaching jobs including Telly Lockette, who guided Central to two state titles in three seasons. When Lockette left to take an assistant's job at South Florida in the spring of 2013, Smith decided it was time to return to high-level coaching. He had spent a lot of time during his six seasons away from coaching raising his son, Roland III. Smith said he didn't want to disrupt what Lockette had built and instead has simply added to the Rockets' dynasty. Since he took over, they are 27-2 with two Florida 6A titles — four in five years — and come into 2015 as the No. 2 squad in the MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Early Contenders. It's been a happy return since he felt wrongly pushed out of something he loved to do. "It's an awesome job to be a high school football coach," he said. "I'm proud to be a role model like my high school coaches were to me. Photo by Stuart Browning Donovan Thompson, Miami Central"I want to make sure the kids from our community be the best they can be on and off the football field and try to get them at the very least a college education." Two of his senior defensive linemen, Eric Mitchell (6-3, 240, Florida) and Keir Thomas (6-2, 240, Florida State), have already secured commitments to their colleges. Third-year starter Donavan Thompson (5-10, 211) leads a impressive lot of linebackers that also includes Miami-commit Waynmon Steed, a 6-1, 210-pound junior. The secondary is loaded, led by 6-4, 187-pound cornerback and safety Jamel Cook (Florida State), along with Jamal Hudson (6-0, 185) and a pair of junior cornerbacks Christopher Williams (5-10, 175) and Allen Jones (5-10, 175). As if the defense needed any more bolstering, Smith brought former Oakland Raiders and Florida State safety Derrick Gibson to be the team's new defensive coordinator. The Rockets gave up just 12 points per game last year and recorded four shutouts. This defense could be even better. "We have a lot of talented kids," Smith said. "It's our job to get the most out of them." Photo by Stuart Browning Miami Central seeks its third straight Florida state title and fifth in six years.”
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3 Ways Colleges Are Working to Improve Online Learning
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“For many online students, the flexibility of an online degree or certification program outweighs the possibility of a less immersive student experience. But without having to physically walk into a classroom, an adviser's office or a study session, experts say students who are struggling to keep up or stay interested in course work are sometimes more difficult to recognize and easier to ignore. As a result, some programs are using innovative methods to foster an online educational experience that is more supportive, engaging, and responsive to student demands.”
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Find Child Care Resources for Community College Students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“"Managing child care, school responsibilities and often work can be extremely challenging , and the difficulties with child care can be one of the primary reasons that students with children have to take breaks from school , or possibly quit and never return," says Barbara Gault, vice president and executive director of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a research organization that focuses on women's issues. For one thing, child care is expensive. In many states the average cost of child care often exceeds the cost of housing, tuition, food and transportation, according to a 2014 report from Child Care Aware of America.”
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Three former Berkeley students sue university over sexual assaults
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, says Berkeley failed to comply with a federal regulation known as Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. The White House has declared sex crimes an "epidemic" on U.S. college campuses, with one in five students falling victim to sex assault during their college years. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges, including Berkeley, that were under investigation to determine if their handling of sexual assaults and harassment violated Title IX.”
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U.S. Colleges Adapt as More Chinese Undergrads Come to Campus
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“Chinese undergraduate Tianyi Zhang had seen plenty of movies and TV shows about the U.S., but nothing could quite prepare her for what she would encounter on a North American campus. "There are lots of differences in our living habits -- the food, the lifestyle," says Zhang, a rising senior and computer science major at Purdue University--West Lafayette. Zhang is one of the increasing number of Chinese undergraduates enrolling at U.S. colleges.”
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10 Colleges Where Freshmen Are Most Likely to Come Back
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search.”
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U.S. bankruptcy judge pushes debt relief for Corinthian students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“The U.S. government and former students of Corinthian Colleges, which closed in April, need to promote the government's loan relief program before asking for a stay on all student debt collections, a U.S. Bankruptcy judge said on Tuesday. Judge Kevin Carey in Wilmington, Delaware, declined to rule on a request by an official committee of Corinthian students to halt all loan repayments amid allegations the company misrepresented itself to prospective students. Corinthian Colleges Inc became the largest failure in for-profit higher education when it abruptly closed 28 schools in April and left 16,000 students without classes.”
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Veterans respond to fraternity brother, complaining of insults
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 30, 2015
“After several investigations concluded that fraternity brothers did not intentionally target wounded combat veterans at a Florida resort this spring — initial reports that students spat on veterans and urinated on an American flag lit up the Internet and prompted 70 death threats to a fraternity at the University of Florida — one student wrote about how it felt to be blindsided by accusations.Read full article >>”
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New president for Hood College
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 30, 2015
“Andrea Chapdelaine will be the next president of Hood College, school officials announced Tuesday.She succeeds Ronald Volpe, who served as president of the private liberal-arts college in Frederick for 14 years. During his tenure, the school began admitting male students for the first time.Read full article >>”
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Sweet Briar gets $5 million from supporters, double the amount promised
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 30, 2015
“Supporters of Sweet Briar College, in an action both concrete and symbolic, gave $5 million to the school Tuesday.It was two days early, and twice as much as Saving Sweet Briar had committed to pay in a court settlement to keep the private women’s college open this year.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Scores from botched June SAT testing released as controversy escalates
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 29, 2015
“Scores for the June 6 SAT are now out, and a controversy that erupted over the botched administration of the college admissions exam is only escalating. To wit: Class-action lawsuits have been filed in three states, the reliability and fairness of the results are being questioned, some students who want to accept the College Board’s offer to retake the SAT for free on Oct. 3 can’t because they are taking SAT Subject tests on the same day, and calls are being made for the entire test to be made public.Read full article >>”
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Principal addresses Harvard-Stanford admissions hoax that led to scandal
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 29, 2015
“In the wake of an international scandal, the principal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology described a student’s elaborate college admissions hoax that garnered massive media attention as unrepresentative of the elite Virginia school.Read full article >>”
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Social life is good for your brain, and other important research
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 29, 2015
“Indiana University assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick said it best: “Some people may think watching online cat videos isn’t a serious enough topic for academic research, but…”But, it’s summer. So instead of detailing troubling news from Columbia ecologists who tracked disease-carrying ticks creeping beyond their usual habitats, this research roundup brings cat vid news.Read full article >>”
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The Supreme Court will consider race in college admissions — again
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 29, 2015
“The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider the issue of race in college admissions, taking another run at a highly charged topic. The case will be watched closely for its potential impact on how students are selected, and how college officials seek to diversify their incoming classes.Read full article >>”
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Four reasons community colleges are on the rise
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 26, 2015
“According to a recent Gallup poll, two in three Americans rank a community college education as high as a four-year program. Traditionally, students who attend community college education are driven primarily by price tag. “The only consistently affordable options that remain are community colleges,” says Ben Miller, senior director for post-secondary education at the Center for American Progress.”
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College of Charleston president: Remove Confederate battle flag from statehouse grounds
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 26, 2015
“Glenn F. McConnell, president of the public College of Charleston, called Thursday for the removal of the Confederate battle flag that flies on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse. McConnell’s views on the flag are significant because he served for many years as a Republican state senator and then lieutenant governor. He has described the flag as an emblem of the state’s cultural heritage and defended its public display. In 2000, he brokered legislation to move the flag from the statehouse dome in Columbia to a 30-foot pole next to a Confederate war memorial.Read full article >>”
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Trial for man accused of killing U-Va. student is set for July 2016
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 26, 2015
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — The man who allegedly killed University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham is scheduled to go to trial in July 2016, after a local judge set the trial date Thursday.Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl V. Higgins also declined to recuse herself from the case against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. Matthew, 33, who faces the possibility of a death sentence on charges related to the disappearance and slaying of Graham, an 18-year-old from Fairfax County who disappeared in September.Read full article >>”
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Student who was denied, admitted, denied at Johns Hopkins clears the bar at U-Va.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 26, 2015
“Sam Stephenson doesn’t hold a grudge.The student from Virginia’s Culpeper County was denied early admission last fall to Johns Hopkins University, his first choice. Then he received a welcome-to-Hopkins e-mail that urged him to “Embrace the YES!” Then, like 293 others, he received a follow-up e-mail from the elite university in Baltimore telling him to please disregard that mistaken missive of good news.Read full article >>”
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U-Mich. survey: 22.5% of female undergrads were victims of sexual misconduct
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 25, 2015
“This story has been updated.More than 20 percent of female undergraduates at the University of Michigan said they were victims of non-consensual sexual behavior within the past year, the school said Wednesday in releasing results of a campus survey on sexual misconduct.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Meet Schuyler Bailar, Harvard’s pioneer transgender swimmer
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 25, 2015
“Meet Schuyler Bailar, a new member of the men’s swimming team at Harvard University. What makes Bailar different from all the other men on the nearly 40-man squad is that he was originally recruited to Harvard in 2013 as a female to swim on the women’s team, before he went through a gender transition. This makes Bailar the first openly transgender swimmer in NCAA history.Read full article >>”
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10 Colleges with the Most Students in Fraternities
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 24, 2015
“The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search.”
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Were one in five college women sexually assaulted? The debate over numbers continues.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 24, 2015
“How widespread is the problem of sexual assault in college?The headline finding from a new national poll — that 20 percent of young women say they were sexually assaulted in college — spurred fresh debate about the question, which is a central discussion point on the nation’s campuses.Read full article >>”
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BASIS to launch a private school in McLean
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 24, 2015
“College professors Michael and Olga Block became frustrated by the plodding pace of American education as compared with advanced classrooms overseas, and in 1998 they opened their own school in a worn-out shopping mall in Tucson.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Blended learning: The great new thing or the great new hype?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 22, 2015
“If you haven’t heard the claim that blended learning is the present and future of education, you haven’t been listening. It is one of the central features of modern school reform, with proponents proclaiming that it helps personalize education, cuts costs and allows students to be more productive.  Sounds great, doesn’t it? But is it? Here’s a look at the hype, the harm and the hope of blended learning, by Phil McRae is an executive staff officer with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and adjunct professor within the faculty of education at the University of Alberta, where he earned his PhD. This  article was printed in the Summer 2015 edition of the ATA Magazine.By Phil McRaeBlended learning, where students’ face-to-face education is blended with Internet resources or online courses, has been gaining considerable attention in education reform circles. It has become entangled with the ambiguous notion of personalized learning and is being positioned as the new way to individualize learning in competency-based education systems. Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, and a key proponent of blended learning, claims that it is the “new model that is student-centric, highly personalized for each learner, and more productive, as it delivers dramatically better results at the same or lower cost” (Horn and Staker 2011, 13). To what extent is this a new model of learning in a digital age? How are private corporations employing old rhetoric to advance new avenues into public education? Most importantly, is blended learning becoming yet another overhyped myth on the crowded road of technology-as-education-reform panacea?ORIGINS OF A MYTHStudents blending the use of technology with face-to-face instruction as a means of collaborating and extending their learning experiences is not unusual, revolutionary or foreign to the average Canadian classroom. As a concept, blended learning is now almost two decades old, having been imported into K—12 education in the late 1990s from corporate education, business training firms and the post-secondary education sector. Although the precise origin is unclear, it has been suggested that an Atlanta-based computer training business coined the term in 1999 (Friesen 2012), as it announced the release of a new generation of online courses for adults that were to be blended with live instruction.Many blended learning practices already fit well with a vast array of hybrid face-to-face and digital experiences that students encounter in K—12 schools, including distributed learning, distance learning, or e-learning. Dr. Norm Friesen, a key academic in this area, suggests that blended learning “designates the range of possibilities presented by combining Internet and digital media with established classroom forms that require the physical co-presence of teacher and students” (Friesen 2012). As this broad definition illustrates, it would be difficult to find any use of technology in education that does not easily fit into this boundary.Despite this fluidity of meaning, different models of blended learning have taken shape. In particular, Staker and Horn (2012) have attempted to classify blended learning environments into four models: rotation, flex, self-blend and enriched virtual. These four combinations range from those that are more connected to people and brick-and-mortar buildings (rotation, flex) to contexts in which the students are primarily self-directed through online courses or platforms that “deliver” the curriculum (self-blend and enriched virtual). In the more self-directed models, teachers or non-certificated facilitators are conditional and only scheduled for support as deemed necessary.Although many models have been implemented over the last 20 years, there is scant evidence of the success of blended learning. Out of 46 robust research studies conducted between 1996 and 2008, only five have focused on results for students in K—12 settings (Murphy et al. 2014). As a recent article in Education Week illustrates, when looking for strong evidence of success around this strategy for K—12 students, very little “definitive evidence” or few significant results can be directly attributed to blended learning (Sparks 2015).HYPEThe current hype around blended learning models, especially in the United States, is that they bring to life personalized learning for each and every child. Personalized learning, as promoted under a new canopy of blended learning, is neither a pedagogic theory nor a coherent set of learning approaches, regardless of the proposed models. In fact, personalized learning is an idea struggling for an identity (McRae 2014, 2010). A description of personalization that’s tightly linked to technology-mediated individualization “anywhere, anytime” is premised on archaic ideas of teaching machines imagined early in the 20th century (McRae 2013).Some blended learning rhetoric suggests that personalization is to be achieved through individualized self-paced computer programs (known as adaptive learning systems), combined with small-group instruction for students who have the most pressing academic needs. For those looking to specifically advance blended learning in times of severe economic constraints, a certificated teacher is optional.Software companies selling their adaptive learning products boldly state that the “best personalized learning programs will give students millions of potential pathways to follow through curricula and end up with the desired result — true comprehension” (Green 2013). This is part of the myth of blended learning and is marketed using superficial math and reading software programs (adaptive learning systems) that make dubious claims of driving up scores on high-stakes tests. Corporate attempts to “standardize personalization” in this way are both ironic and absurd.These adaptive learning systems (the new teaching machines) do not build more resilient, creative, entrepreneurial or empathetic citizens through their individualized, standardized, linear and mechanical software algorithms. On the contrary, they diminish the many opportunities for human relationships to flourish, which is a hallmark of high-quality learning environments.One of the blended learning examples that has received perhaps the greatest attention is the “flipped classroom.” It is so named because it inverts classroom instruction during the day, so that students watch online video of lectures at home at their own pace, perhaps communicating with peers and teachers via online discussions in the evening, and spend their days doing homework in the classroom. Think of the popular media hype and mythical cure for math challenges sold to the public by the Khan Academy. There is nothing revolutionary or deeply engaging about pure lecture as a pedagogy, yet apparently adding hours of digitally distributed video each evening to a child’s life makes it so. In fact, research suggests that the use of this type of lecture recorded technology, as a primary approach to learning, can result in students falling behind in the curriculum (Gosper et al. 2008).Many myths, when viewed up close, provide deep reflections of ourselves and society. Technologies in particular have amplified our North American desires for choice, flexibility and individualization, so it’s easy to be seduced by a vision of blended learning environments delivering only what we want, when and how we want it customized.The marketing mantra from corporations as diverse as media conglomerates to banks is that of services at any time, in any place or at any pace. Many governments have in turn adopted this in an eagerness to reduce costs with businesslike customization and streamlined workforce productivity, all with the expectation that a flexible and blended education system will be more efficient and (cost) effective.In the mythical space of blended learning, class sizes apparently no longer matter and new staffing patterns begin to emerge. The amount of time students spend in schools becomes irrelevant as brick-and-mortar structures fade away. However, this myth disregards the overwhelming parental desire and societal expectation that children and youth will gather together to learn in highly relational settings with knowledgeable and mindful professionals (teachers) who understand both the art and science of learning. As John F. Kennedy (1962) so eloquently stated: “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.”The U.S. Department of Education (2013) has clearly articulated a commitment to making blended learning come to life through nebulous ideas of competency-based systems and personalized learning.“Transitioning away from seat time, in favor of a structure that creates flexibility, allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. By enabling students to master skills at their own pace, competency-based learning systems help to save both time and money … make better use of technology, support new staffing patterns that utilize teacher skills and interests differently .… Each of these presents an opportunity to achieve greater efficiency and increase productivity.”The cost efficiency and effectiveness rhetoric must be given special attention as part of the myth of blended learning in competency based systems.HARMSchools and classrooms across North America are being subjected to economic volatility and severe constraints by reduced public  education funding. Blended learning can be positioned as the vehicle to bring in third-party education providers to wipe out the expectations of small class sizes and certificated teachers in traditional classrooms. This idea is gaining momentum through a variety of U.S. virtual and charter schools that are radically reducing the numbers of teachers and executing increased class sizes under the banner of blended learning. As Michael Horn states when asked to give expert advice on blended learning models, “budget cuts and teacher shortages are an opportunity, not a threat” (Horn et al. 2014).As school jurisdictions across the United States turn to online learning and blended models as a way to reallocate resources, the private providers are also advocating for “eradicating rules that restrict class size and student-teacher ratios” (Horn and Staker 2011, 13). To achieve this means lifting the rules around teacher certification so that schools can replace teachers at will with para-professionals or non-certificated individual learning specialists. As Christensen and Horn (2008) suggest, “Computer-based learning on a large scale is also less expensive than the current labor intensive system and could solve the financial dilemmas facing public schools” (13).To enable this in an education system, several policies must be enshrined by governments that would allow private schools, virtual cyber-charter schools or educational technology companies direct access to students outside of a protected public system. The first is to open up multiple pathways of learning, which are more flexible in terms of time and space, and designed around technology solutions that only the company can deliver.The Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries in America, is a clear backer of redefining and expanding the role of the teacher, and advocates that “teacher contracts and other regulatory constraints may also need to be addressed to provide the flexibility in a teacher’s role needed to make this dramatic shift in instruction” (Wolf 2010, 15).On the surface, this flexibility sounds promising, as teachers and school leaders certainly recognize that the industrial model of command and control does not fit with our hyper-connected world. Yet the flexibility of any-time, any-place learning is manifesting itself in the United States around adaptive learning software programs or mandatory online learning courses that are being delivered by private companies. New course access legislation (as found in Wisconsin, Texas, Utah, Florida, Michigan and Minnesota) now allows anyone to teach online courses to students regardless of jurisdiction, certification or geographic location (Dwinal 2015). In other words, every course, for every student, anywhere, anytime — and now — taught by anyone. Half the teachers, but sold as twice the fun?In the case of K12 Inc., the United States’ largest private for-profit provider of online education for grades K—12, student-teacher ratios are as high as one teacher to 275 students (Aaronson and O’Connor 2012). As a former president and CEO at McGraw-Hill Education affirmed: “With this new method and capability, all of a sudden you could see a teacher handling many more students … the productivity could double or triple” (Olster 2013).The harsh reality, however, is that private online schooling is not about new blended learning models, flexibility or choice, it is about profit through the constant cycle of enrollment and withdrawal of students known as the “churn rate” (Gibson and Clements 2013). In contrast, our current publicly funded and publicly delivered online schools across Alberta reinforce the important role of certificated teachers as compassionate and empathetic architects of learning who work relentlessly to reduce the drop-out rates and increase student engagement in virtual learning environments.Rocketship Education, one of the many rapidly growing charter schools out of the United States, has adopted a rotation model of blended learning known as the Rocketship Hybrid School Model for kindergarten to Grade 5 students. It combines online learning on campus with traditional classroom-based activities in order to save $500,000 per charter school per year in teacher salary costs (Danner 2010).To accomplish this, Rocketship Education has cut half its teachers, changed its scope of practice and hired low-paid adults to supervise and monitor students in computer labs. The new staffing patterns within this rotation blended learning model place the schools in a one to 100-plus student/teacher ratio, with one or two low-wage computer lab monitors. These support personnel are endowed with titles like “individual learning specialists,” “coaches” or “facilitators” (Public Broadcasting Service 2012).Without certificated teachers present, there is a need to gather data on student performance, so the children spend a great deal of time in a computer lab with an adaptive learning program monitoring their every interaction. John Danner, former CEO of Rocketship Charter Schools and a former board member of DreamBox Learning Inc., promotes increased screen time during the day for children. He thinks that as the quality of software improves, “‘Rocketeers’ could spend as much as 50 percent of the school day with computers” (Strauss 2013). How many hours of development, in the minds and bodies of children and youth, are we willing to sacrifice for more individualized computer-human interactions under the guise of blended learning?If blended learning through the rotation model is to be defined by reducing the number of certificated teachers in schools and placing students in computer labs to spend half of their day in front of math and reading software programs, then education in the 21st century is indeed heading down an antiquated and very dangerous path. This is not historically the way blended learning has come alive in Alberta classrooms, nor should it be our preferred future.HOPEThe growth of digital media and the Internet has led to an explosion of resources and opportunities for teachers, students and learning communities. A constant shift is occurring with different mobile apps, blogs, video podcasts, social media tools, e-learning courses, or learning management systems in schools that all promise to help teachers create and organize student work, provide (real-time) feedback or communicate more efficiently.With the proliferation of digital tools in our lives, many K—12 students now experience learning through a blend of face-to-face and digital or online media and are able to access new ideas and resources where student attitudes and engagement towards their education can be positively supported. If blended learning is to lead to positive outcomes for students, then it must be highly relational, active and inquiry oriented (both online and offline), and commit to empowering students with digital tools.If done right, blended learning can be used to support more equitable access to learning resources and discipline-specific expertise. It may also engage students (and teachers) in a variety of online and offline learning activities that differentiate instruction and bring greater diversity to the learning context. Improving communication between teachers, students and parents and extending relationships across boundaries and time may also be an outcome of blended learning.It may also hold value by employing certain technologies that help teachers and students to formatively assess learning.To make this truly hopeful, school-based technology infrastructure must be robust and up-to-date, with equitable access, and the necessary resources (human and technology) must be made available to pedagogically support the blending. It is not tenable if Internet connectivity is unreliable or limited, or if there exists inequitable access to bandwidth or technology infrastructure in the school and home. Finally, if technical glitches are pervasive, or if dependable technical support is not available for students and teachers, then it is unlikely that blended learning will be a sustainable concept.CONCLUSIONBlended learning is not a new term nor a revolutionary concept for classrooms in this second decade of the 21st century. However, the way it is being (re)interpreted could be hopeful or harmful depending on how it is implemented. It is an increasingly ambiguous and vague notion that is growing in popularity as many groups try to claim the space and establish the models, despite a lack of evidence and research. We should therefore be skeptical around the mythos of blended learning before endorsing or lauding it as the next great reform.Blended learning has occupied a place in discourses of educational change for well over a decade, but it cannot be co-opted into a movement that displaces the human dimension of learning with an economic imperative to reduce labor costs by cutting the teaching population in half. Of particular concern in times of severe economic restraint is that high schools may become the testing ground for policymakers looking at ways to redesign by cutting certificated teachers in favor of massive online cohorts of students tutored by “facilitators” or “individual learning specialists.”Technologies should be employed to help students become empowered citizens rather than passive consumers. Innovations are needed in education that will help to create a society where people can flourish within culturally rich, informed, democratic, digitally connected and diverse communities. We should not descend into a culture of individualism through technology where our students are fragmented by continuous partial attention.For the vast majority of students within Alberta’s K—12 public education system, we must achieve a more nuanced balance that combines both digital technologies and the physical presence of a caring, knowledgeable and pedagogically thoughtful teacher. This is not an optional “nice to have,” but a “must have” if children and youth are to build resilience for the future. Blended learning may be (re)shaped by privatization myths, with adaptive learning systems as their voice, but in Alberta, our teachers still remain the quintessence of the human enterprise of paying it forward for our next generation. It is time for Alberta teachers to claim the space of blended learning and push back at the myths and questionable rhetoric.—REFERENCES Aaronson , T., and J. O’Connor. 2012. “In K12 courses, 275 students to a single teacher.” Miami Herald, September 16. http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/16/3005122/in-k12-courses-275-students-to.html.Christensen, C. M., and M.B. Horn. 2008. “How Do We Transform Our Schools?” Education Next 8, no. 3 (Summer), 13—19.Danner, J. 2010. “Rocketship Hybrid School Model — Half The Teachers and Twice the Pay.” Donnell-Kay Foundation website. http://dkfoundation.org/news/rocketship-hybrid-school-model-half-teachers-and-twice-pay (accessed May 4, 2015).Dwinal, M. 2015. “Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage: How online learning can fix the broken teacher labor market.” Clayton Christensen Institute website. http://www.christenseninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Solving-the-nations-teacher-shortage.pdf (accessed May 4, 2015).Friesen, N. 2012. “Defining Blended Learning.” Learning Spaces, August. http://learningspaces.org/papers/Defining_Blended_Learning_NF.pdf (accessed May 4, 2015).Gibson, D., and J. Clements. 2013. Delivery Matters: Cyber Charter Schools and K—12 Education in Alberta. Edmonton, AB: Parkland Institute.Gosper, M., D. Green, M. McNeill, R. Phillips, G. Preston and K. Woo. 2008. Final Report: The Impact of Web-Based Lecture Technologies on Current and Future Practices in Learning and Teaching. Sydney: Macquarie University.Green, N. 2013. “What to look for in a personalized learning plan.” DreamBox Learning website. http://www.dreambox.com/blog/personalized-learning-plan#sthash.ubJ00yA3.dpuf (accessed May 5, 2015).Horn, M. B., and H. Staker. 2011. “The Rise of K—12 Blended Learning.” Clayton Christensen Institute website. http://www.christenseninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/The-rise-of-K-12-blended-learning.pdf (accessed May 5, 2015).Horn, M. B., C. Christensen and C.W. Johnson. 2010. Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. New York: McGraw-Hill.Horn, M. B., T. Hudson and J. Everly. 2014. “Blended Learning in K8 Schools: Expert Advice from Michael Horn.” DreamBox Learning website: http://www.dreambox.com/webinar/blended-learning-k8-schools-expert-advice-michael-horn (accessed May 5, 2015).Kennedy, J. F. 1962. “Yale University Commencement Address.” Transcript of speech given at Yale University, New Haven, CT, June 11, 1962. Miller Center, University of Virginia website. http://millercenter.org/president/speeches/speech-3370 (accessed May 5, 2015).McRae, P. A. 2010. “The Politics of Personalization in the 21st Century.” Alberta Teachers’ Association Magazine 91, no. 1: 8—11.McRae, P. A. 2013. “Rebirth of the Teaching Machine through the Seduction of Data Analytics.” Alberta Teachers’ Association Magazine 93, no. 4. Also available at http://philmcrae.com/2/post/2013/04/rebirth-of-the-teaching-maching-through-the-seduction-of-data-analytics-this-time-its-personal1.html (accessed May 5, 2015).McRae, P. A. 2014. “[Debate] Challenging the Promise of Personalized Learning — WISE 2014.” World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwI4oC_A0IM (accessed May 5, 2015).Murphy, R., E. Snow, J. Mislevy, L. Gallagher, A. Krumm and X. Wei. 2014. Blended Learning Report. Austin, TX: Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.Olster, S. 2013. “Better Technology and More Productive Teachers are Just Around the Corner.” Fortune website. http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/01/10/the-future-of-the-classroom (accessed May 5, 2015).Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). 2012. “Can ‘Rocketship’ Launch a Fleet of Successful, Mass-Produced Schools?” PBS Newshour, December 28. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education-july-dec12-rocket_12-28/ (accessed May 5, 2015).Sparks, S. D. 2015. “Blended Learning Research Yields Limited Results.” Education Week, April 13. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/04/15/blended-learning-research-yields-limited-results.html (accessed May 5, 2015).Staker, H., and M.B. Horn. 2012. “Classifying K-12 Blended Learning.” Clayton Christensen Institute website. http://www.christenseninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Classifying-K-12-blended-learning.pdf (accessed May 5, 2015).Strauss, V. 2013. “Rocketship Charter Schools Revamping Signature ‘Learning Lab’.” The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, January 25.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/25/rocketship-charter-schools-revamping-signature-learning-lab (accessed May 5, 2025).U.S. Department of Education. 2013. “Competency-Based Learning or Personalized Learning.” U.S. Department of Education website. http://www.ed.gov/oii-news/competency-based-learning-or-personalized-learning (accessed May 5, 2015).Wolf, M. A. 2010. Innovate to Educate: System [Re]design for Personalized Learning, A Report from the 2010 Symposium. Software & Information Industry Association. http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/CSD6181.pdf (accessed May 5, 2015).Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Student: Why teachers should not assign Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 22, 2015
“Kelsey May is an incoming senior at Grand Valley State University near Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she is majoring in writing and minoring in English — which means that she reads a great deal. She read two posts I recently published about Shakespeare — one by a teacher who doesn’t want to assign the Bard in class anymore and another by a teacher who thinks it is ridiculous not to — and she  decided to add her voice to the discussion in the following post. Kelsey May has a passion for sociology and social justice, and is an avid reader and performance poet. She graduated in 2012 from Northview High School in Grand Rapids, where she took AP English courses during junior and senior years, as well as creative writing electives.Read full article >>”
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Sweet Briar survives: Judge approves settlement deal to keep the college open
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Jun 22, 2015
“Supporters jumped to their feet, cheered and called out, “Holla, holla!” Monday after a circuit court judge approved a deal Monday to keep Sweet Briar College open next year.That morning, lawyers from all sides — including those representing the three lawsuits challenging the decision to close the private women’s college; those representing the college administration; and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring — made the case for saving Sweet Briar.Read full article >>”
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Sweet Briar Reaches Deal to Stay Open
by NYT > Education
Jun 21, 2015
“A judge must approve a settlement that would allow Sweet Briar College, a women’s school in Virginia, to remain open for at least another year.”
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Washington State President Elson Floyd dies at 59
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 21, 2015
“SEATTLE (AP) — Elson Floyd, the popular president of Washington State University whose influence in higher education and politics spread beyond the school in rural eastern Washington, has died from complications of colon cancer. He was 59.”
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The college president in Charleston who pushed to keep the Confederate battle flag flying outside the S.C. capitol
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Jun 21, 2015
“Glenn F. McConnell, president of the College of Charleston, leads an academic community in mourning after a massacre at a nearby black church in his native city.Among the nine slain in the shootings Wednesday at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was a librarian who for many years worked part-time for the public liberal arts college. “Cynthia Hurd was a beloved and valued member of our College family,” McConnell wrote the next day. He pledged that the community would “let the world see how we can and will come together and support one another in our most difficult times. That is the true measure of the people of Charleston. That is our most powerful witness in the face of evil.”Read full article >>”
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Agreement reached to keep Sweet Briar College open
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Jun 21, 2015
“Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s office announced Saturday night that an agreement has been reached to keep Sweet Briar College open next year.The agreement, which requires court approval, involves a $12 million commitment from an alumnae group and permission from the attorney general to release $16 million from the school’s endowment.Read full article >>”
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Harvard-Stanford admissions hoax becomes international scandal
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Jun 20, 2015
“The Korean math prodigy at one of the nation’s top high schools had Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on the phone, personally encouraging the teenager to attend Harvard University. She received letters from Harvard professors, encouraging her to bring her brilliant abilities to Cambridge next fall instead of accepting her admission to Stanford University on the opposite coast.Read full article >>”
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University of Washington and Chinese University Unite to Form Technology Institute
by NYT > Education
Jun 18, 2015
“With $40 million from Microsoft, the Global Innovation Exchange will open in fall 2016, and offer a master’s degree in technology innovation.”
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Colleges That Gave Fortune 500 CEOs Their Start
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 18, 2015
“A college degree won't guarantee career success, but getting one can be a step in the right direction toward becoming an industry leader.”
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Bills to help prevent suicide at colleges approved by panel
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Jun 18, 2015
“Suicide-prevention legislation inspired by a New Jersey high school track star and Ivy League college student who took her own life was advanced Thursday by a state Senate committee.”
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Panelists talk about campus sexual assault — the scope of the problem, and ways to prevent it
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Jun 18, 2015
“Do we really need more sexual assault legislation? Could reducing drinking help make a major change in the number of sexual assaults in college? Why don’t more people report rape to the police? Should colleges have the same standards of evidence as the criminal justice system?Read full article >>”
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Prosecutor outlines why he dropped charges against black U-Va. student
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Jun 18, 2015
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — University of Virginia student Martese Johnson was doing nothing wrong the night he ended up bloodied and in a jail cell after an encounter with state Alcoholic Beverage Control officers, a prosecutor said Wednesday.Read full article >>”
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Lawyers defending Hannah Graham suspect file for judge’s removal
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Jun 18, 2015
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — Lawyers defending Jesse L. Matthew Jr. against capital murder charges related to the death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham have asked that a judge assigned to the case be removed because her daughter is a U-Va. student who attended a vigil for Graham in September.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Radical Pop-Up Schools: A new way to reach educationally disadvantaged communities
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 17, 2015
“There’s a new thing in education — “pop up schools.” What and why are they — and who is behind them? This post, by Christia Mercer, the Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, explains. She is also editor of Oxford Philosophical Concepts, co-editor of Oxford New Histories of Philosophy, and winner of the 2008 Columbia College Great Teacher Award and the 2012 Mark van Doren Teaching Award. She is a Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project, a national initiative devoted to increasing the public impact of underrepresented voices. You can follow her on Twitter @christiamercer8.Read full article >>”
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Ways to Bounce Back After Falling Behind in an Online Course
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 16, 2015
“It's important for students to manage their time in an online course. Adjusting to a learning management system and other technology used in online learning can be a challenge for students before they even start to tackle their course work, says Lisa Knowles, a senior student services coordinator in Boston University's distance education office. Experts also say many online students have full-time jobs, families or other obligations, including unforeseen ones, which can make it more difficult to stay on top of their online course work.”
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Bloomberg Philanthropies Gives $100 Million to Cornell Tech
by NYT > Education
Jun 16, 2015
“The graduate school will use the money for the first academic building on its Roosevelt Island campus, which is set to open in 2017.”
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Robitussin for Brain Cancer, Part II
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 16, 2015
“When we last left our 21-year-old hero, he was six months shy of his college graduation and, more or less, given six months to live after a diagnosis of brain cancer. There was a window of roughly two weeks between the discovery of a golf-ball-size mass in my brain on Dec. 29, 1995, and the neurosurgery scheduled for Jan. 9, 1996. These days, I affectionately refer to the über-traumatic period between diagnosis and treatment as the "Oh Shit Window," or OSW, where everything in life is just so turned upside down, you not only don't know which way is up, the fundamental principles of gravity break down and pretty much everyone and everything around you sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher.”
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Find Alternatives to Popular Majors at Community Colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 16, 2015
“Choosing a major that will lead to career and financial success can be intimidating for students. "Students pick business because they think that business is what's going to get them a job," says Kathy Michaelian, instructional dean of business at Montgomery College in Maryland. Business and health professions are two of the most popular college majors in the U.S. Job security is a common and valid reason for choosing a major, but there are many facets of business and heath care that students can explore at community college.”
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5 Ways to Retire Early
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 16, 2015
“Early retirement is a dream for some people, and a nightmare for others. Many baby boomers have been booted out of the workplace in their 50s, unexpectedly and unceremoniously, while they still have a mortgage, a car loan and college tuition bills. People who are thrown into early retirement are typically left to their own devices.”
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93-year-old attends Stanford graduation decades later
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 16, 2015
“STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Bonnie "Chuck" Gould got a master's degree in education from Stanford University in 1954, but it wasn't until this week that the 93-year-old formally graduated.”
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Pay Attention to 4 Overlooked Factors When Researching U.S. Colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 16, 2015
“The process of researching different universities and determining which ones to apply is an important step in your college application journey. Additionally, international students might want to consider the following overlooked but equally important aspects that will shape your academic studies and school life during college, as well as your career development after graduation. Career development of graduates and alumni: College provides abundant resources that aim to create the optimal environment for learning.”
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10 Colleges Where Upperclassmen Get Less Financial Help
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 16, 2015
“It's the dirty little secret that can end up walloping prospective students in the wallet. Experts call it "front-loading" -- when a university's financial aid department beefs up freshman aid packages with institutional money, in an effort to reel in admitted students, but decreases that aid in subsequent years. To identify schools where upperclassmen may secure less aid, U.S. News examined a range of data points from its 2014 financial aid survey.”
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Rachel Dolezal sued Howard for racial discrimination. Because she was white.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 16, 2015
“When Rachel Dolezal Moore was studying in the master of fine arts graduate program at Howard University, she was obviously immersed in black culture, a professor there said: Her then-husband, Kevin Moore, was black. She was enrolled at a predominantly black university. And the subjects of  her narrative portrait paintings were black.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again
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Jun 16, 2015
“The College Board said late Monday night that it will now waive fees for any student in the United States who took the June 6  SAT but wants to retake it because of irregularities with the administration of the exam.  The unprecedented decision was made after the College Board was forced to discard two of 10 sections of the SAT because of printing errors on test booklets — and students and parents expressed concerns about the reliability of the scores.Read full article >>”
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Says Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Know Concerns of 'Real Americans'
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 14, 2015
“"I thought Elizabeth Warren wasn't running for president," Christie said in an exclusive interview on ABC's "This Week." "Mrs. Clinton doesn't hear from anybody, she doesn't talk to anybody, she doesn't take questions from anybody. Christie also spoke about debt-free college tuition, which he discussed earlier this week in Iowa, saying costs needed to be contained but added "there is nothing free in this world.”
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Strauss: Hillary Clinton: ‘You see the top 25 hedge fund managers making more than all of America’s kindergarten teachers combined’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 14, 2015
“Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton delivered a speech on Saturday marking the official launch of her campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Education was one topic on which she spoke, though in the broadest strokes (let’s have the world’s best teachers, let’s make college affordable, etc.). But she did say one thing that helps put the country’s income inequality in perspective.Read full article >>”
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Colleges are using big data to identify when students are likely to flame out
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Jun 14, 2015
“Virginia Commonwealth University, like lots of U.S. colleges, has worked to keep its freshmen around for sophomore year. Research has shown that students are most at risk of dropping out early in their college careers, and freshman retention rates also factor into college rankings.Read full article >>”
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UN chief wraps Central Asia visit, citing rights fears
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 13, 2015
“United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon on Saturday warned of a worsening rights situation across Central Asia, as he ended a visit to energy-rich Central Asia in ex-Soviet Turkmenistan. Ban said he "heard concerns about the deterioration of some aspects of human rights -– a shrinking of democratic space", during his first trip to the region in five years. Speaking to students at an international university in the capital Ashgabat as he received an honorary degree, he said crackdowns on rights could be triggered by "perceived security threats – in particular, rising concerns about terrorism and violent extremism".”
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Stanford University president to step down after 15 years
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 13, 2015
“SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The president of Stanford University is stepping down after 15 years on a high note, with one university official calling his run as president one of the greatest in Stanford's history and the annals of American higher education.”
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Strauss: Why so many teachers leave — and how to get them to stay
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 13, 2015
“It’s a well-known phenomenon that many teachers leave the profession not very long after entering it.For many years, it was taken as a given that between 40 and 50 percent of public and private school teachers leave by the end of the fifth year of starting their career. This came from an estimate by Richard Ingersoll, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a leading scholar on the nation’s teacher workforce.from work this, according to a story by my colleague Emma Brown. In April, new federal data said that 17 percent of new public school teachers leave their jobs after four years. The different results can’t rightly be compared because they are looking at different things and over a different time period (but expect people to do it anyway). Ingersoll, a member of the advisory panel for the database used in the new federal study, now says he suspects 17 percent is too low, based on calcualations he has made using the data.Read full article >>”
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Male survivors of sex assaults often fear they won’t be taken seriously
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 13, 2015
“Daniel Episcope regularly saw guys in college aggressively pursuing women, like the time he saw someone at another school drop something into punch for a party. He worried about his female friends getting into bad situations and being sexually assaulted.Read full article >>”
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Survivor stories show how college sexual assault is common, life-altering
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Jun 13, 2015
“EAST LANSING, MICH. — She remembers doing shots of liquor in her dorm room before heading out to a football tailgate party, where she got blackout drunk. When she came to, she was groggy, standing in the bathroom of her dorm room, looking in the mirror. Her hair was a mess. Behind her was a man she didn’t recognize, staring back at her and then slipping out the door.Read full article >>”
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College initiatives seek to combat sexual assault
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 13, 2015
“Here are some things college and university officials are saying about efforts to prevent sexual violence and help those who report it. Dozens of current and recent students who participated in a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll on sexual assault spoke with Post reporters about their experiences in college with unwanted sexual incidents. The students said they attended these schools, among others. What is listed here is only a sampling of initiatives and comments and is not meant to be comprehensive. (This file will be updated.)Read full article >>”
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Post-Kaiser poll shows 20 percent of college women were sexually assaulted
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 13, 2015
“Twenty percent of young women who attended college during the past four years say they were sexually assaulted, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But the circle of victims on the nation’s campuses is probably even larger.Read full article >>”
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The Cost of College: Student Loans and Defaults: The Facts
by NYT > Education
Jun 12, 2015
“With rising debate over student debt, we look at what loan levels are typical.”
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Cooper Union President Resigns
by NYT > Education
Jun 12, 2015
“Jamshed Bharucha announced his resignation amid infighting and an inquiry by the state attorney general into the management of the college’s finances.”
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China beats Japan in Asian university rankings
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 12, 2015
“Chinese institutions outnumbered Japanese for the first time in the annual Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, released on Thursday. While the University of Tokyo retained its crown as the region's best, Japan "has lost ground overall, taking 19 of the top 100 positions, down from 20 last year," the rating body said. "By contrast, mainland China has increased its presence in the prestigious league table, taking 21 places, up from 18 last year," it said.”
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Walker takes on higher education in Wisconsin
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 12, 2015
“MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Four years after taking union rights away from teachers and other public workers in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker now wants to strip job protections for University of Wisconsin professors in a move he likens to the 2011 law that made him a national figure and set up his expected presidential run.”
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Don't Count Out Scholarships for Community College Students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 12, 2015
“Community colleges have been generating a lot of press lately and got a major boost when President BarackObama unveiled America's College Promise earlier this year. While the discussion about free community college is still in its early stages, it has already made one thing clear: even though the sticker price of community colleges can be significantly less than four-year institutions, cost can still be an issue. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, average in-district tuition and fees for community colleges were $3,347 in 2015.”
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Top 10 Colleges That Are Worth the Money
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 12, 2015
“With students and parents shelling out tens of thousand (or more) for college these days, more and more people are questioning whether such an enormous investment is actually a wise financial move. In ...”
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Christie blasts teachers unions, colleges 'drunk on cash'
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 12, 2015
“AMES, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday proposed withholding federal aid to colleges that refuse to provide more transparency in their finances and endorsed letting students pay down their loans with community service.”
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Strauss: Unhappy students petition College Board to let them retake SAT after test error found
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 12, 2015
“Some students unhappy with the College Board’s decision to toss a section of the June 6 SAT because of a printing error in many test booklets are petitioning to be allowed to retake the SAT for free, saying they don’t believe the College Board’s assurances that the final scores will be valid.Read full article >>”
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Charges dropped against black U-Va. student arrested by white cops
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Jun 12, 2015
“Prosecutors in Charlottesville have filed a request to drop charges against Martese Johnson, the black University of Virginia student who was thrown to the ground and bloodied during his arrest by white Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control officers in March.Read full article >>”
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Questions of Cost in Plan to Aid Defrauded Students
by NYT > Education
Jun 09, 2015
“The Department of Education’s plan to help former students of Corinthian Colleges raised questions about what was needed for loan forgiveness and what taxpayers’ contribution would be.”
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John Waters tells college grads to 'use tech for transgression'
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 09, 2015
“"The Prince of Puke" encourages Rhode Island School of Design's class of 2015 to shake things up, "horrify us with new ideas" and make him nervous. Plus, he gives a nod to hackers.”
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U.S. to wipe out more Corinthian Colleges student debt
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 09, 2015
“The U.S. Department of Education said on Monday it was moving to forgive much of the federal student debt of some of the 78,000 students who had attended the now-bankrupt Corinthian Colleges. It will let students who left the schools run by the major for-profit chain on or after June 20 last year receive a closed-school discharge of their federal student loans. Santa Ana, California-based Corinthian, which had operated the Heald College, Everest and WyoTech schools and offered degrees in healthcare and trades, filed for bankruptcy on May 4.”
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10 Colleges With the Highest Internship Rates
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 09, 2015
“The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search.”
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7 Warning Signs an Online Degree is a Scam
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 09, 2015
“Students have so many online programs to choose from -- some with promises of quick, effortless degrees that seem too good to be true. While anyone can fall prey to an online degree scam, international students and first generation college students can be particularly vulnerable to degree mills, says Karen Pedersen, chief knowledge officer for the Online Learning Consortium, a group dedicated to advancing the quality of online learning. When students start looking for a program, they want to know the information they are seeing on a website is trustworthy, says Tim Willard, spokesman for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or CHEA.”
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How China is using drones to stop cheating on University entrance exams
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 09, 2015
“Beginning this week, over 9 million high school students in China will sit down for a test called the Gaokao, an exam similar in nature to the SAT. As China’s University entrance exam, the Gaokao, otherwise known as the Higher Education Exam, is both high stakes and high pressure as it helps determine which tier of University each student can attend. As CNN points out, “failure means no degree, poorer job prospects and possibly a life of regret.” With so much on the line, some students over the years have increasingly turned to high-tech cheating in order to improve their scores. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s release date may have just leaked In an effort to combat that, Chinese officials have come up with”
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Strauss: Error on SAT won’t affect student test scores, College Board says
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 09, 2015
“The College Board has decided what to do about a printing error on many SAT tests given on June 6, which gave those students across the country five extra minutes to complete different sections: Nothing. On Monday night, the College Board Web site published a statement (see below) saying that its experts had determined that “reliable scores” can still be obtained even if the affected sections are not factored in — so they won’t be scored.Read full article >>”
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Va. Supreme Court says lower court erred in Sweet Briar case, sends it back, as advocates cheer
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 09, 2015
“A Virginia Supreme Court ruling Tuesday elated advocates working to keep Sweet Briar College from closing, as justices wrote that a lower court had erred and sent the case back for more arguments.The private women’s college is slated to close this summer, after its president announced what he called “insurmountable financial challenges” in March. Alumnae and others have been working feverishly against the clock to keep it open through lawsuits, fundraising and protests.Read full article >>”
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Outsider’s Art Is Saluted at Columbia, Then Lost Anew
by NYT > Education
Jun 08, 2015
“Sam Steinberg sold his paintings at Columbia University from the 1930s to 1982, but most were left behind on move-out day. The students who kept his works showed them recently at a reunion.”
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10 things college students will never admit
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 08, 2015
“Between substance abuse, mental-health issues, and soaring debt, being a college kid isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”
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What You Need to Know If Grandma Pays the Tuition
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 08, 2015
“With the cost of college tuition, room and board averaging about $19,000 a year at public universities and $42,000 at private nonprofit schools, it’s no wonder students and families have questions about how to foot the bill. In recent months, we’ve asked our experts to answer many of those questions, ranging from the nitty-gritty of how “529” college-savings plans affect financial-aid awards, to whether it makes sense to simply give students cash—ignoring tax-advantaged saving entirely. If a grandparent pays a student’s tuition directly to a nonprofit college, there is no gift tax.”
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Broader probes of campus sex assaults leave victims hanging
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 08, 2015
“Olivia Ortiz was elated when the U.S. Department of Education contacted her in June of 2013 to tell her it was opening an investigation into her complaint that the University of Chicago had mishandled her sexual assault case.”
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Education Digest: New bill to take on college sexual assault
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 08, 2015
“national educationChicago schools chief resigns amid probeChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s schools chief resigned last week amid a federal investigation into the school system’s $20 million no-bid contract with her former employer, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.Read full article >>”
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Sweet Briar’s leadership was a short-sighted mess, former board member says
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 08, 2015
“Since the unexpected announcement that Sweet Briar College would close forever at the end of August, after 114 years as a private women’s college in Virginia, people have been debating what happened and why.Read full article >>”
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Benefits Grow for Public University Presidents, Survey Finds
by NYT > Education
Jun 07, 2015
“A report by The Chronicle of Higher Education found that most leaders received housing and cars, and some got perks like personal trainers.”
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Strauss: A unique summer reading list — from college admissions deans and counselors
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 07, 2015
“There is no shortage to summer reading lists — for kids and adults — but here is a unique one, a collection of recommendations from college admissions officers and counselors. It was assembled by Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at  The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire, who annually asks college admissions deans and high school counselors to send him recommendations of books that are great summer reads for parents, students and everybody else. The list includes books about college, other non-fiction and great fiction. You can see last year’s list here, the 2013 list here in The New York Times, and this year’s, below, following an introduction from Barnard.Read full article >>”
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Hundreds of young Syrians find academic home at US colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 06, 2015
“KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brothers Molham and Mohammad Kayali spray-painted anti-government graffiti around Aleppo University in northern Syria in early 2012 and held up flags in protest against President Bashar al Assad's government. Worried that their lives were in danger, they gave up on school and fled to Turkey in September 2012.”
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These 10 Colleges Are the Biggest Wastes of Money
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 06, 2015
“The value of a college degree has increasingly become a point of concern for students and parents worried that the ever-increasing cost of higher education doesn’t pay off. Studies have found that college grads do have more stable and lucrative careers than their peers with just a high school diploma, but going to a pricier school doesn’t necessarily mean a better payday. Students who need to borrow a large amount of money to finance their education or who are going into a profession that doesn’t pay very well can do better financially by attending a lower-cost school.”
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NYU to wait-listed student: Still interested? We might let you in — or not.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 06, 2015
“Students aiming for highly selective colleges know that to land on a waiting list often means several weeks of a special kind of torture. They must decide whether to enroll in a Plan B school even as they hold out hope for a last-minute offer from Plan A.Read full article >>”
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Howard University’s credit rating cut for third time in three years
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 06, 2015
“Moody’s Investors Service cut Howard University’s credit rating Friday for the third time in three years, reflecting continuing financial struggles at one of the nation’s premier historically black institutions.Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: Recent Reporting on College: A Reading List for High School Students
by NYT > Education
Jun 05, 2015
“A categorized collection of Times articles and Opinion pieces from the 2014-15 academic year about all aspects of higher education — from getting in, to thinking about why you’re there, to considering how to fix what’s broken. We think you’ll find plenty to discuss.”
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Unions Subdued, Scott Walker Turns to Tenure at Wisconsin Colleges
by NYT > Education
Jun 05, 2015
“Gov. Walker and leaders in Wisconsin’s Republican-held Legislature are pushing the University of Wisconsin system to give a board largely picked by the governor far more control over firings and even curriculum.”
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Policies on transgender admissions at women's colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 05, 2015
“NEW YORK (AP) — Barnard College issued a new policy Thursday saying it will now admit transgender women. The decision at the Manhattan campus follows those at a number of women's colleges across the country over the past year. The policies, which all acknowledge changing norms regarding gender, differ in their breadth. Here's a look at some of them:”
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Barnard joins other women's colleges in admitting transgender women
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 05, 2015
“By Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barnard College said on Thursday that it would begin accepting transgender women for the first time, joining a growing number of women's schools that have put similar policies in place this year. Barnard, an elite women's school that operates in partnership with New York's Columbia University, was founded in 1889 and currently has 2,400 students. As a women's college, Barnard will continue to deny admission to people who were born female but now identify as male.”
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Virginia Supreme Court considers Sweet Briar case
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 05, 2015
“Virginia Supreme Court justices will consider Thursday whether to block the closure of Sweet Briar College.Citing ‘insurmountable financial challenges,’ leaders of the private women’s college announced in March that it would close permanently at the end of this summer. Alumnae, faculty, students, parents and others who were shocked by the sudden announcement have been fighting the decision ever since, with fundraising, protests, and multiple lawsuits.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Chinese city using drones to nab cheaters on all-important exam
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 05, 2015
“Officials in one Chinese city are “unmanned aerial vehicles,” or drones, to nab cheaters on the all-important university admissions test taken by more than 9 million students each year across the country.Read full article >>”
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Sweet Briar activists get good vibes from Va. Supreme Court
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 05, 2015
“RICHMOND — Pink-clad Sweet Briar College activists were elated Thursday when justices on the Virginia Supreme Court sounded sympathetic toward their plea for a temporary halt to the school’s closure.“I think the other guys got chewed up and spit out,” said Denton Freeman, who in 1988 earned a degree in biology from the now-endangered college.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Are Wisconsin politicians about to wreck the University of Wisconsin?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 05, 2015
“cott Walker’s proposed $300 million two-year funding cut to the University ofWisconsin System to $250 million, which if it stands would be tied …http://www.jsonline.com/news/national-focus-on-uw-sharpening-over-tenure-governance-b99511901z1-306017731.htmlRead full article >>”
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Strauss: ‘But it’s just a theory!’ — How to teach evolution to a skeptical crowd
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 05, 2015
“Amanda Glaze has been a classroom teacher, researcher, and university professor for nine years in various settings around the Southeastern United States. Her area of focus is evolutionary biology but her passion is the intersections of science and society where there is conflict, namely the evolution conflict  in the United States. She resides in Alabama with her husband, Greg, and their two youngest children, Jaymon and Maddox, as well as a menagerie of flora and fauna her boys have collected from their adventures. This appeared on the website of the non-profit National Center for Science Education,  a non-profit organization that provides information and resources for schools, parents, and concerned citizens working to keep evolution and climate science in public school science education. I am republishing it with permission.Read full article >>”
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